Trying to Solve the Marine Debris Problem

Since the early 1970’s, when Chief Iron Eyes Cody shed a tear on a television commercial, we have been trying to reduce the amount of solid waste found along our beaches and within our waters.   Though numerous agencies and civic groups, led by the Ocean Conservancy, have held beach and underwater clean ups over the …

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Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)

 

Also known as the Water Moccasin, this is a snake that is all too familiar with most Floridians… Or is it? Several non-venomous water snakes are often confused with the cottonmouth and are thus killed.  That said, cottonmouths are common in the state near areas of water and many residents do have encounters with …

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The Health Advisory Bug; Enterococcus faecalis

Water quality is a concern for many in the Pensacola Bay area. Our bay has had many human induced stressors over the decades but “swimming alerts” or “health advisories” are of primary concern.

Health advisories are issued when indicator bacteria levels reach a high point. These bacteria are what care called fecal bacteria due to …

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Environmental Quality of the Pensacola Bay System – Introduction

In 2016, Dr. Mike Lewis (U.S. EPA), Taylor Kirschenfeld (Escambia County Division of Water Quality and Land Management), and Traci Goodhart (West Florida Regional Planning Council) published an EPA document (EPA/600/R-16/169) entitled Environmental Quality of the Pensacola Bay System: Retrospective Review for Future Resource Management and Rehabilitation. This 145 page technical report is an excellent …

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Sea Turtles Found in Escambia County

TEXT DEVELOPED BY SARAH STOLER

 

Sea turtles can be identified from other species of Florida turtles first by their large size; many adults are 300 lbs or more and have a shell length of 3-4 ft.  However, like other turtles, they begin life small.  Small sea turtles differ in that their limbs appear as …

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Look Who’s Enjoying the Beach This Spring… An Alligator!

I received a call the week before Earth Day to let me know that an alligator was laying on the beach, on the Gulf side, near Regency Villas. This is certainly not something you see every day.

Two questions came…

One, Is this weird?

Two, Can alligators tolerate salt water?

 

Let us start with …

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Oct 23 – 2017 Water Quality Data – Pensacola Bay System

 

 

2017

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Data

 

Date Water body Water Temp (°F) Water salinity (‰) Dissolved Oxygen (mg/l) ENT (colonies/100ml) Jan 3 Texar 68 1.7 ND 6131 Jan 16 Texar 68 3.1 ND 10 Feb 3 Texar 57 6.9 7.8 8 Feb 6 Texar 63 4.2 7.8 10 Feb …

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Our Ancient Mariner; the Horseshoe Crab

This is a very old, ancient creature. Fossil records suggest they may have existed, in the present form they are now, 450 million years ago.  This predates the fish and dinosaur fossils.  Once found in several oceans and seas, today they are found along the eastern seaboard of the United States and along the Pacific …

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Invasive Species – Beach Vitex

The Plant

  • Beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia)
  • Native to the Pacific rim of Asia. From Korea to Australia including Japan, China, Southeast Asia, the Malaysian peninsula, and including Hawaii.
  • Prefers sandy soils above high tide line, open sun, and does well in rocky areas. Has high tolerance for heat and salt spray. It could be …

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The Boys Are Back in Town

But, should they be? Is it too soon?

In other articles I have posted on other sites I have discussed the strange weather we are having this winter and how it may be effecting coastal wildlife. Recently I was driving highway 98 on the west side of the county heading to a meeting on Perdido …

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